How to format your references using the ACM Transactions on Applied Perception citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for ACM Transactions on Applied Perception (TAP). For a complete guide how to prepare your manuscript refer to the journal's instructions to authors.

Using reference management software

Typically you don't format your citations and bibliography by hand. The easiest way is to use a reference manager:

PaperpileThe citation style is built in and you can choose it in Settings > Citation Style or Paperpile > Citation Style in Google Docs.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
Mendeley, Zotero, Papers, and othersThe style is either built in or you can download a CSL file that is supported by most references management programs.
BibTeXBibTeX syles are usually part of a LaTeX template. Check the instructions to authors if the publisher offers a LaTeX template for this journal.

Journal articles

Those examples are references to articles in scholarly journals and how they are supposed to appear in your bibliography.

Not all journals organize their published articles in volumes and issues, so these fields are optional. Some electronic journals do not provide a page range, but instead list an article identifier. In a case like this it's safe to use the article identifier instead of the page range.

A journal article with 1 author
Paul van den Broek. 2010. Using texts in science education: cognitive processes and knowledge representation. Science 328, 5977 (April 2010), 453–456.
A journal article with 2 authors
M. L. Huang and F. Yang. 2014. Size effect model on kinetics of interfacial reaction between Sn-xAg-yCu solders and Cu substrate. Sci. Rep. 4, (November 2014), 7117.
A journal article with 3 authors
M. B. Grenier, D. B. McDonald, and S. W. Buskirk. 2007. Rapid population growth of a critically endangered carnivore. Science 317, 5839 (August 2007), 779.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
R. P. Lanza, J. B. Cibelli, D. Faber, R. W. Sweeney, B. Henderson, W. Nevala, M. D. West, and P. J. Wettstein. 2001. Cloned cattle can be healthy and normal. Science 294, 5548 (November 2001), 1893–1894.

Books and book chapters

Here are examples of references for authored and edited books as well as book chapters.

An authored book
Philippe Feyel. 2013. Loop-shaping Robust Control. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ USA.
An edited book
Juan Manuel Dodero, Manuel Palomo-Duarte, and Pythagoras Karampiperis (Eds.). 2012. Metadata and Semantics Research: 6th Research Conference, MTSR 2012, Cádiz, Spain, November 28-30, 2012. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Rebecca Suter. 2016. Critical Engagement through Fantasy in Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. In Haruki Murakami: Challenging Authors, Matthew C. Strecher and Paul L. Thomas (eds.). SensePublishers, Rotterdam, 59–71.

Web sites

Sometimes references to web sites should appear directly in the text rather than in the bibliography. Refer to the Instructions to authors for ACM Transactions on Applied Perception.

Blog post
Elise Andrew. 2015. One of Science’s Most Powerful Tools Might be Coming to Your Phone. IFLScience.


This example shows the general structure used for government reports, technical reports, and scientific reports. If you can't locate the report number then it might be better to cite the report as a book. For reports it is usually not individual people that are credited as authors, but a governmental department or agency like "U. S. Food and Drug Administration" or "National Cancer Institute".

Government report
Government Accountability Office. 2001. Information and Technology Management: Achieving Sustained and Focused Governmentwide Leadership. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Roger J. Finnegan. 2010. Information food webs: A quantitative inquiry using a biological food web methodology. Doctoral dissertation. Capella University, Minneapolis, MN.

News paper articles

Unlike scholarly journals, news papers do not usually have a volume and issue number. Instead, the full date and page number is required for a correct reference.

New York Times article
Caitlin Kelly. 2010. Long-Separated Portraits, on a Wall Together at Last. New York Times, F29.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [2].
This sentence cites two references [2,4].
This sentence cites four references [2,5,6,8].

About the journal

Full journal titleACM Transactions on Applied Perception
AbbreviationACM Trans. Appl. Percept.
ISSN (print)1544-3558
ISSN (online)1544-3965
ScopeGeneral Computer Science
Theoretical Computer Science
Experimental and Cognitive Psychology

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